Paul Merson Mo Salah is not happy at Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah is allegedly unhappy with his life at Anfield and could leave Liverpool as early as JanuaryAfter last year’s record-breaking performance that saw him claiming the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season, and the Premier League Golden Boot, Mo Salah has failed to shine in the new season.Although he has notched four goals and added one assist in the Premier League, the 26-year-old seems far away from the form that attracted the interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.The British news outlet, Express Sport, have broadcasted the words of the renowned pundit Paul Merson, who believes the former AS Roma star wants to swap the Premier League for La Liga.“Mo Salah’s goals record for Liverpool is phenomenal, but it’s only a matter of time until Real Madrid come calling,” he said.“That’s some record, to be the fastest man to score 50 for Liverpool, especially when people are saying you are having a bad season!“But if he keeps on scoring Madrid will come calling.“How can they not? They need to do something big and they will want him in January. They are struggling like mad.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“If Salah wanted to go, Liverpool would be powerless to stop him.“I can’t remember the last player to say ‘no’ to Real Madrid or Barcelona. It’s another level.“Salah doesn’t look happy at Liverpool at the moment and we’ve seen this before.“I watched him score against Huddersfield and his body language looked terrible. That would worry me if I was a Liverpool fan.“If you take his goals away they’re not title contenders anymore.“Liverpool fans have seen big players leave before. They would be fuming if Salah left too.“But this is what happens when you’re successful in the Premier League. The even bigger clubs come calling.”However, this statement shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially knowing the fact how much Jurgen Klopp admires the pacey Egyptian. There’s no doubt the Merseysiders will do everything in their power to secure Salah’s services for times to come.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Strong winds from east brush edge of area Monday

first_imgMonday afternoon, I sit and look out the window writing this column and see hazy sunshine and calm winds. A typical uneventful late autumn day, wouldn’t you say?In contrast, a few miles to my east in the Columbia River Gorge, wind sensors at Crown Point registered winds of more than 70 mph Monday. And you didn’t have to go that far to notice the strong east winds; there were gusts of more than 30 mph as far west as Camas/Washougal on the Washington side of the river.Those were our strongest east winds of the season, although they didn’t make many ripples on the west side of I-205. It was enough to blow away that dense morning fog we had in the western parts of the county. The winds will slowly subside today as a weak system moves inland and brings a little rain and relaxes the pressure gradients.Beyond that, the rest of the week looks rather benign. What looked like a great start to the snow season a week ago has fizzled. With just two weeks or so until Thanksgiving, I am holding my breath that things turn around and we start to build up our snow pack.OK, I am breathing now, but still edgy about that one. Of course, if you have lived here long enough, you know it only takes a couple of good storms to dump on the mountain and we are off and running.last_img read more

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2 killed in Thakurgaon road crash

first_img-Two people, including a minor boy, were killed and seven others injured in a road accident in Farabari area on Baliadangi-Nekmorod road in Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon on Friday night.The deceased are Majnu, 30, son of a certain Shahjahan Ali of Chengthi Hazradanga village in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh, and Junaid, 3, son of Foyzul Islam of Nekmorod Beelpara village in Ranisankail upazila.Baliadangi police station officer-in-charge Mustafizur Rahman said the accident took place around 7:30pm when a Dhaka-bound bus hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw from opposite direction. The incident left the two dead on the spot and seven others injured.Later, Baliadangi fire service and civil defence station men rescued the injured and recovered the bodies.The injured were admitted to Baliadangi Upazila Health Complex where physicians referred them to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment, the OC added.last_img read more

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Activists Want Houston Police Department To End NoKnock Search Warrants After Deadly

first_imgFlorian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Pecan Park house where four Houston police officers were shot on January 28, 2019, while serving a no-knock search warrant.A local civil rights and criminal justice reform group says the Houston Police Department should stop conducting no-knock search warrants after the January 28 deadly drug raid that resulted in two people dead and five officers wounded.The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice will hold a town hall meeting on Monday evening at Talento Bilingüe, near downtown Houston, to discuss the raid and ask questions of HPD Chief Art Acevedo. The coalition has also invited Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.“We invite them to come out because when they got elected they promised transparency, openness, so here is a great opportunity to do that,” Hai Bui, an executive member of the coalition, told News 88.7.Bui said his group’s ultimate goal is for HPD to stop conducting no-knock search warrants. But he also talked about other possibilities for search protocols and procedure changes.One suggestion he made was for officers to only use no-knock search warrants at night, when there could be less risk of hurting civilians. “Maybe arrest the people outside of a house, just wait for them to leave when they go get gas or whatever, just wait,” he added.Bui also referenced a New York Times’ investigation which found that at least 94 people, 81 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers, died in forced-entry raids from 2010 through 2016.Coalition members also want to question Houston leaders about the officer who allegedly lied about the sale of drugs at the house. That officer may face criminal charges, as Acevedo acknowledged last Friday. The officers conducted the search to seize heroin, but they didn’t find any at the home of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, both of whom were killed in the shootout.The town hall is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.HPD’s Internal Affairs division and Special Investigations Unit are conducting an investigation about the raid. Sharelast_img read more

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Move Over ATT and Verizon This Cable Giant Is Getting Into the

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Cablevision System Corp said on Monday it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give users an alternative to pricier data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon.The “Freewheel” phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms.Cablevision said the phone service was the first of its kind to be launched by a cable company and aims to tap users seeking to download unlimited amounts of data on their mobile phones using WiFi, which is less expensive than a cellular connection.Such services could pose a challenge to traditional telecom carriers. Currently, carrier Republic Wireless and Massachusetts-based startup Scratch Wireless offer users similar services that use WiFi to control data costs.”There has been a dramatic shift in how consumers use their mobile devices: today, it’s all about data, and WiFi is now preferred and clearly superior to cellular,” Kristin Dolan, chief operating officer of Cablevision, said in the statement.Cablevision, controlled by New York’s Dolan family, has been investing in its “Optimum” WiFi network since 2007, setting up over 1.1 million WiFi hotspots or access points in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Cablevision’s WiFi phone service will be offered at $29.95 per month and $9.95 per month for subscribers of its “Optimum Online” service. It will be available exclusively on the Motorola Moto G smartphone that users will have to purchase, the company said.The $180 Android phone will be sold to “Freewheel” users without a contract at a discounted price of $99.95, it added.(Reporting by Malathi Nayak) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » January 26, 2015last_img read more

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HUD Secretary Details Agencys Blueprint for Credit Access

first_img HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced in a speech on Monday the points of the agency’s “Blueprint for Access” meant to ease the risk of lending while expanding credit.”It’s in our entire nation’s interest to help more responsible Americans succeed in the housing market by expanding access to credit,” Castro said. “Some believe that a few years ago, it was too easy to get a home loan. Now, it’s too hard. In fact, according to the Urban Institute, the housing market is missing out on 1.2 million loans every year because credit is so tight.  And even Ben Bernanke recently said that he’s having trouble refinancing his mortgage. If the former Fed Chair is having trouble, imagine the frustration of average folks. The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.  There’s been a vacuum in the market and it needs to be filled.  Thankfully, we’re already starting to see movement.”Castro termed the 1.2 million loans being missed as a “market opportunity” and encouraged lenders who have not done so to expand their credit, asking them if they wanted to “leave business on the table.””All parties would benefit if you took action and expanded your reach.  And I urge you to do so,” Castro said. “But, I’m also aware that government must take action by shaping an environment where good lenders and good borrowers can work together without reservation. This means creating more certainty for you, which is a top priority at HUD.  In the wake of the crisis, we’ve seen a lot of frustration from lenders when it comes to their FHA  business.”Castro then introduced the Blueprint for Access, which includes three key points. First, he said, HUD is overhauling its “Single Family Housing Policy Handbook,” and the first major section of the revised version (which covers loan originations) has already been published with changes made based on feedback received from lenders. Castro said HUD is accepting feedback for additional sections of the handbook and he expects it to be largely completed by next year.”This is an important accomplishment and should give you confidence that you understand FHA’s policies and its expectations for compliance,” Castro said.The second main point of the Blueprint for Access is the “Supplemental Performance Metric,” which is intended to give a more complete portrayal of a lender’s portfolio performance. The current metric measures only a lender’s default performance against that of its peers in a local market, which “doesn’t paint a complete picture,” Castro said.”The Supplemental Performance Metric addresses this by focusing on a lender’s performance compared to those also doing business in the credit score range that FHA is targeting,” Castro said. “We’re finalizing this work and expect it to be available early next year. This will minimize the ‘Credit Watch Termination’ risk for lenders moving to support credit-worthy borrowers with lower credit scores when their peers do not.”The third key point of the Blueprint for Access is the “Loan Defect Taxonomy,” which Castro said is currently in draft form.”This is a new way of looking at loan defects and it’s going to be a critical tool for our partners,” Castro said. “FHA historically has used 99 different codes to describe defects in loans. The taxonomy will bring this down to nine distinct categories, and offer some new insight into the significance of the deficiency.  This new approach will give lenders the information they need to clearly identify where their challenges are and allow them to make changes. It will allow FHA to monitor trends in deficiencies and determine if policies can be enhanced to help lenders avoid deficiencies.”Castro told the lenders he believes the Blueprint for Access will “bolster your confidence so that you can originate more loans to credit-worthy borrowers in FHA’s credit box.” Credit Availability FHA HUD Julián Castro 2014-10-22 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sharecenter_img HUD Secretary Details Agency’s Blueprint for Credit Access October 22, 2014 532 Views last_img read more

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Rep Theis takes ceremonial oath of office

first_img State Rep. Lana Theis, R- Brighton, is sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. (left). She was joined by (from left) her two children, Jacob and Gabrielle, and husband Sam Theis. Categories: Theis News,Theis Photos 15Jan Rep. Theis takes ceremonial oath of officelast_img

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Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep Price

first_img State Rep. Amanda Price has announced a summer reading contest for local students in the West Michigan community.“Reading over the summer is an important part of a healthy break from school,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “Ensuring that our kids keep their minds active and their reading skills sharp will give them a great deal of confidence entering into a new school year.”The winning student will receive the opportunity to be a representative for a day with Rep. Price. The lucky winner will be able to experience part of a legislative session firsthand from the House floor, as well as other fun activities.“I’m excited to welcome our lucky contest winner to Lansing,” Rep. Price said. “I highly encourage any students who want to learn more about their state government to participate.”To participate, students in grades one through five use a bookmark to track their reading progress over the summer. Official bookmarks are available at the Loutit District Library, located at 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, and at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Completed bookmarks must be turned in by Sept. 1 to either of the two libraries.Residents with questions regarding the contest are encouraged to contact Rep. Price’s office by phone toll free at 888-238-1008 or by email at AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News 16Jun Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep. Pricelast_img read more

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Rep Lauwers joins governor for ceremony to mark significance of horse racing

first_img11Aug Rep. Lauwers joins governor for ceremony to mark significance of horse racing reform bills Categories: Lauwers News State Rep. Dan Lauwers, left, joined Gov. Rick Snyder and Sen. David Robertson on Tuesday for a bill-signing ceremony to recognize landmark legislation to modernize Michigan’s horse racing industry. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, chairs the House Committee on Agriculture.State Rep. Dan Lauwers joined Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday for a bill-signing ceremony to acknowledge crucial legislation modernizing regulations that govern horse racing in Michigan.The legislation, sponsored by Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, updates the way purses are distributed, allowing money made from wagering to stay at the track where the bet was placed. It also creates a seven-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission to strengthen and improve the vitality of the Michigan horse racing industry.“We looked into all of the changes that have taken place in the industry since the old law was adopted 21 years ago, listened to the issues the horsemen’s associations, race tracks and breeding groups had with the outdated regulations, and came up with a solution everyone is pleased with,” said Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture. “I’m confident the updated rules and new advisory commission will move the industry in a positive direction.”Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, noted the important role horse racing has in Michigan’s economy. The industry employs more than 12,000 people and contributes nearly $1 billion to the state economy each year.last_img read more

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Albert named Chair of committee on Financial Liability Reform

first_img Representative will serve on three other key committees important to West Michigan State Rep. Thomas Albert was appointed by Speaker of the House Tom Leonard as chairman of the Financial Liability Reform Committee. As chair, Albert will be tasked with reducing the outstanding liabilities of the state, as well as local units of government and schools.“I am very excited be a leader in ensuring our state’s financial well-being, and I’m honored to be named as a committee chair during my first term,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We have made tremendous strides in creating a balanced budget on a regular basis. Now we must look toward the future and properly plan ahead instead of simply passing on debt to our children.”“Rep. Albert has unique experience working for the state’s pensioners as an investor at the Department of Treasury,” said Speaker Leonard. “We are working hard to make sure the state has a sound financial plan, and I have confidence Rep. Albert will do a great job.”In addition, Albert was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Law & Justice, Legislative Council, and Veteran Affairs committees. Categories: Albert News 26Jan Albert named Chair of committee on Financial Liability Reformlast_img read more

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COLUMN Investing in skilled trade programs will help more northern Michigan students

first_img While Michigan’s economy is clearly much healthier now than it was a decade ago, it’s critical to continue making smart, sensible investments to set our children and grandchildren up for success in the future.I am proud to say the K-12 school budget I supported last month is the largest investment in Michigan history. It totals $14.8 million – more than a quarter of our total budget – and adds $120 to $240 in funding per student – the largest increase in 15 years.One of the best ways to set our school children up for success is to give them opportunities to train for the technical and skilled trade jobs in highest demand. Michigan is projected to have hundreds of thousands of job openings in high-demand, good-paying careers over the next several years. And many of these jobs are going unfilled because there are not enough people with the necessary tools needed to do the work.The new budget makes a $100 million investment in the Marshall Plan for Talent to advance skilled trades opportunities for Michigan students. This investment is essential to expand and start innovative programs, promote training, provide scholarships and take other steps to create more opportunities for students and workers to learn the skills they need for success.Additionally, I sponsored legislation to help better connect skilled trade students with potential careers after high school. The plan, which requires parental consent, gives training schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and professional development.These efforts will give northern Michigan students new opportunities to prepare for jobs in the information technology and computer science, health care, and high-skilled manufacturing industries.In addition to the investments made in the next budget, I’m excited to announce that plans for the upgrade to Alpena Community College’s VanLare Hall are starting to take shape. The project, made possible by $3.4 million in state funding I fought to include in this year’s state budget, includes a new nursing wing. Future nurses in our community will benefit from the upgrades, which will allow them to learn to use the latest equipment and technology available.###(361 Words)State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing the people of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona and Iosco counties, as well as part of Cheboygan County. She previously served three terms as a Cheboygan County Commissioner. 31Jul COLUMN: Investing in skilled trade programs will help more northern Michigan students succeed Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

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MoveOn Takes the Lead in Nonprofits Advocacy for Refugee Crisis Funding

first_imgShare10TweetShare8Email18 SharesOctober 22, 2015; National Catholic RegisterWhy isn’t more funding coming from U.S. charitable donors and philanthropic grantmakers to address the refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and coming to the U.S.? Sean Callahan, the chief operating officer for Catholic Relief Services, made the obvious connection between giving and refugees in his Congressional testimony earlier this month. He pointed out that Giving USA reported that giving for international affairs saw the largest drop in charitable giving last year, a decrease of 3.6 percent from the year before, in a year when overall charitable giving increased. Facing declining charitable revenues for refugees, Callahan asked Congress to pass the bipartisan Middle East Refugee Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would put $1 billion in U.S. government funds toward refugee issues, including help for refugee resettlement in the U.S. as well as overseas.In a Thursday convening sponsored by MoveOn.org to address refugee funding and resettlement issues, MoveOn’s Ben Wikler noted that lots of nonprofits have different ideas about what should have been done and what might yet be done to bring to an end the civil war in Syria, which is generating a huge portion of the refugee population movement, but nonprofits should be able to come to an agreement—and mobilize—about the need for more federal government funding for refugees and funding to support the resettlement of some in the U.S.Toward that end, MoveOn’s gathering sparked a vigorous and strikingly cohesive discussion about what might be done to get Congress and the White House to do more for refugee aid and resettlement. Despite its offer to open the opportunity of resettlement to 10,000 Syrian refugees (increasing the total refugee admissions to 85,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 and potentially 100,000 in FY 2017, up from 70,000 in FY2015 and 75,000 as the original White House request for FY2016), the White House has to ask Congress for more money to make it happen and Congress has to respond—both for assistance to refugees here and in the Middle East.The administration’s willing to admit 10,000 more Syrian refugees, which is a big step up from current numbers. Syrian refugees didn’t even crack the list of top 10 countries of refugee origin in the U.S. for the past three fiscal years until FY2015, and that number was 1,682 refugees, 2.4 percent of the total for that year. For FY2013–2015, the top two countries as sources of refugees were Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq, accounting jointly for between 44.4 percent (2015) and 51.2 percent (2013) of all refugees admitted to the U.S. For asylees, Syria accounted for 811 (3.2 percent) in FY2013, but the largest generators of asylees to the U.S. that year were China with 8,604 (34.1 percent) followed by Egypt with 3,407 (13.5 percent). Announcing its willingness to accept more refugees is one thing; providing the necessary resources to pay for these new residents of the U.S. requires attention and serious upgrading.In the MoveOn convening, Jen Smyers of Church World Service presented information about the current budget numbers for refugees and asylees and where they should be. From our understanding of her information on the conference call and supplemental information she supplied from the Refugee Council USA, the shortfalls in funding look serious and could undermine the administration’s ability to support 10,000 additional Syrian refugees, not to mention what the U.S. could and should be doing to help refugees in the Middle East and elsewhere:Budget account FY 2015 appropriationFY2016 request from OMBFY2016 estimated needMigration and Refugee Assistance (Dept. of State)$3,059m$2,455m$3,603mEmergency Refugee and Migration Assistance$50m$50m$250mInternational Disaster Account (USAID)$1,895m$1,741m$2,270mRefugee and Entrant Assistance (Office of Refugee Resettlement, HHS)$1,560m$1,629m$2,440mSmyers also called for a $49.6 million increase in the budget of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security for the purposes of screening refugees for resettlement.Making this MoveOn discussion particularly worthwhile was the ability of the MoveOn coordinators to talk about the specifics of political and budgetary targets and strategy—and getting groups to sign on to take actions quickly. Moreover, it was impressive noting the MoveOn strategy of finding comfortable, bipartisan—or actually in this case, nonpartisan—avenues for groups to coalesce around to promote refugee appropriations. That is important because in the current political environment, it will take bipartisan support to significantly boost funding for aiding refugees overseas and resettling numbers of refugees here.In early October, the U.S. Senate passed a bill calling for a $1 billion supplemental appropriations increase in the funding for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) for the Middle East refugee crisis. The Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, S.2145, was introduced by Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), but all eight cosponsors are Democrats except for Angus King (I-ME). Although the text of the bill doesn’t clearly outline how that $1 billion might be allocated among the various accounts listed above, the bill is an obvious target for policy advocacy, a point clearly not lost on MoveOn or the other organizations in the meeting.It should be obvious from Nonprofit Quarterly’s recent coverage of the Middle East refugee crisis and the horrible impacts on refugees that have been occurring in Syria, in the camps in neighboring countries, in dangerous boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and in sometimes reluctant if not actively antagonistic host nations that the U.S. cannot turn its eyes from this human tragedy. The nonprofits joining with MoveOn in this effort will face numerous challenges, notably the Islamophobic rhetoric that has attracted a part of the American electorate and several Republican presidential candidates, notably Donald Trump and Ben Carson. On the Democratic side, the three remaining candidates have expressed their opposition to the anti-Muslim wave capturing their Republican rivals, though Bernie Sanders made headlines this week by invoking the deaths of his father’s family German concentration camps in a pledge to fight Islamophobia as part of the “ugly stain of racism” that is still so evident in American society.To move Congress on this issue, it is going to require more than smart budget lobbying prowess. The American public needs to be educated about the refugee crisis, the U.S.’s role in having helped—inadvertently or not—in exacerbating the crises in the Middle East and North Africa, and the fact that many of us in this country are from families that were refugees themselves.—Rick CohenShare10TweetShare8Email18 Shareslast_img read more

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American Medical Association Says Pain Shouldnt Be the Fifth Vital Sign

first_imgShare14Tweet1Share1Email16 SharesJune 16, 2016; Pain News NetworkEarlier this month, during their annual meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) publicly recommended that pain be removed from the panel of vital signs for which patients are assessed. Assessing level of pain as a vital sign became common practice in the mid-1990s. Unlike blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature, which are assessed and measured by a nurse or doctor, a patient self-measures his or her level of pain, rating it on a scale of one to 10. This recommendation from the AMA comes from the desire to right the wrongs done by overprescribing opioids. There’s also some concern over how pain management is assessed on patient satisfaction surveys. Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals are impacted by how a patient rates the care he or she received, which includes how patients felt their pain was managed. Hospitals receiving a low rating do not receive the full reimbursement.The AMA formed a task force in 2014 to look at this issue, and this recommendation follows from its conclusions. That same year, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 47,000 drug overdoses, of which 61 percent were linked to opioids. The AMA invited several other specialized health associations to join this task force, including the American Academy of Pain Medication, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Society of Addictive Medicine. The task force’s goals were:Increase physicians’ registration and use of effective prescription drug monitoring programsEnhance physicians’ education on effective, evidence-based prescribingReduce the stigma of pain and promote comprehensive assessment and treatmentReduce the stigma of substance-use disorder and enhance access to treatmentExpand access to naloxone in the community and through co-prescribingHowever, critics of the AMA’s recommendations worry that the pendulum will swing too far the other way, causing physicians to ignore patients’ pain altogether. They argue that this approach is not a solution to the opioid epidemic, which already has people turning to heroin, as it has a cheaper price tag and can be easier to obtain.Pain was added as a fifth vital sign to help the estimated 34 million Americans who reportedly live with chronic pain. The goal at the time of assessing pain in patients was to eliminate that pain. As Dr. Kristine Scruggs suggests, perhaps the goal should really be to reduce pain to the point that a patient can function and resume the activities of daily life. A focus on achieving a “zero” rating of pain may have contributed to the epidemic in the first place.—Kelley MalcolmShare14Tweet1Share1Email16 Shareslast_img read more

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Dutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired the r

first_imgDutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired the rights to show the Spanish Primera División soccer tournament for the next three seasons.This comes after the Chellomedia-owned broadcaster renewed the rights to show the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons. Sport1 will air live games as well as edited highlights on its main channel as well as online and no less than four games from the Spanish competition live in HD each week.Will Moerer, Sport1 general manager, said: “In addition to the English Premier League, our subscribers really enjoy the Spanish competition. It goes without saying that we are really pleased that we can continue to broadcast the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona games each week.”last_img

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Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France AEF Frances

first_imgAudiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), France’s external media arm, which operates channels and France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya and international radio service RFI, has joined the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) as an associate member.The agreement was signed at the AEF’s headquarters by Slaheddine Maaoui, director-general of the ASBU and Frank Melloul, executive vice-president for strategy, research and international business development of the AEF.last_img

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Orange has secured mobile broadcasting rights to F

first_imgOrange has secured mobile broadcasting rights to French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football matches until June 2016.Live matches will be available on mobile and tablet devices, while near-live content will be available on the Dailymotion website.Orange has held the mobile rights since 2004 but this is the first time that tablets have been included in the deal.last_img

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Mediaset is launching a new digital ventures fund

first_imgMediaset is launching a new digital ventures fund, offering communication and advertising support to new digital startups in Italy in exchange for equity stakes. The Ad4Ventures fund, which will be launched on Monday, is intended to support new Italian digital companies with high growth potential.Mediaset vice-president Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that new ventures in Italy often failed or were absorbed by foreign investors due to lack of resources and that Mediaset could help by providing communication and promotional support through its media outlets and distribution channels.To qualify, projects must have a funded workable business model and management team.last_img

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Amazonowned subscription videoondemand provider

first_imgAmazon-owned subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm has signed new content deals with kids entertainment producers HIT Entertainment, Ludorum and DreamWorks Classics to bring new content to its line-up. The UK streaming VoD company will bring content including Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Chuggington to its line-up.Chris Bird, director, content strategy at Lovefilm, said: “The addition of this new children’s content enhances our already fantastic range of iconic characters and classic shows. Our streaming service is particularly suited to family content, and parents and their kids can now enjoy an even broader variety of family-friendly entertainment whenever they want, however they want.”last_img

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Sky is making Now TV available to Vodafone Red 4G 

first_imgSky is making Now TV available to Vodafone Red 4G customers in its first deal for the over-the-top video service with a UK mobile network. Vodafone customers signing up to pay-monthly Red 4G plans will get a Now TV Entertainment Pass, free of charge and for the length of their contract.This will give them live and on-demand access to more than 12 pay TV channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Fox.The Now TV Entertainment Pass will also be available for pay-as-you-go customers who choose £30 or £40 Red Freedom Top Ups.Red 4G pay-monthly customers who sign up before Christmas Eve will also get a three-month Now TV Sky Movies Pass at no extra cost. This will give customers unlimited access to more than 800 movies, including recent titles like American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.“We’re thrilled that Vodafone Red 4G customers will be able to watch anything from The Wolf of Wall Street to Lost through Now TV. It’s great news for those who enjoy TV on the go on their mobile or tablet, or who want to curl up and catch must-see TV as the nights draw in,” said Now TV director Gidon Katz.last_img read more

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